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Air Sealing Renovation

We are Renovating an old timber weatherboard house on piles, we are relining all exterior walls and ceilings to add insulation and air tight layer with a cavity between studs and lining for services. If using Intello Plus air tight ...
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27 Mar 17 04:56 PM - By Mr Lucas
27 Mar '17 04:56 PM
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Double glazing or ventilation system for reducing window condensation

Hi, I’m needing some help deciding what to upgrade first to resolve the issue of window condensation. I know this is a topic talked to death, but I’d like some advice all the same. I've already trolled through hundreds of posts... Issue: ...
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27 Mar 17 11:34 AM - By aoraki
27 Mar '17 11:34 AM
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Magroc, designs, costs

Hi We are looking a building new home with magroc external walls and roof. We have a house plan in mind as we've walked through a home with the layout. We don't want to spend a lot of money before getting ...
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24 Mar 17 02:59 PM - By Sacen
24 Mar '17 02:59 PM
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Marshall Water Heater

I've just got hold of a marshall solid fuel hot water heater. Anyone plumbed one of these in? There are a bunch of connections but no instructions. I called Marshall today, but no one about. Thanks Dave
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20 Mar 17 08:32 PM - By letsparty
20 Mar '17 08:32 PM
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eco friendly foundation systems

Hello all We are going to rebuild our house down here in Christchurch and I would like a more eco friendly foundation than the traditional polystyrene waffle slab available here in New Zealand. Does anyone know of any or personal ...
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14 Mar 17 10:05 AM - By Sarachin
14 Mar '17 10:05 AM
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Retrofitting a concrete floor inside and existing shed

Hi All, We're looking to convert a Farm utility Shed into living quarters and what we're wanting to know is how we go about putting in a concrete floor... It currently has a gravel /dirt floor, walls are framed and clad in ...
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12 Mar 17 10:54 AM - By rahim
12 Mar '17 10:54 AM
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Strength of Rockcote EPS40 plus plaster cladding system with reinforcing mesh

Hi, Am looking at purchasing a modern house with this spec extetior and I would like to know how strong it is in practical terms? I have a very energetic 7 year old boy that is likely to bounce off of ...
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12 Mar 17 08:55 AM - By DJP
12 Mar '17 08:55 AM
By DJP
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Over Cladding

Hey all, forum seems a little slow at the moment but hopefully someone can lend some advice. Anyone know if its feasible to over clad a weatherboard house? Something like building wrap - rockwool sheet style insulation - vertical batten/horizontal batten ...
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08 Mar 17 07:48 PM - By Mr Lucas
08 Mar '17 07:48 PM
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Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation

Hi, I looked around at insulation and came to the conclusion that Sprayed Polyurethane Foam would give me the best level of thermal insulation and sound deadening. So I bought a machine from the US and have arranged to purchase the ...
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07 Mar 17 07:54 AM - By Dys
07 Mar '17 07:54 AM
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Tiny house,

Hi does anyone know of any builders that can build a tiny house and have option of paying it off?
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27 Feb 17 07:26 PM - By urbannomad
27 Feb '17 07:26 PM
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Hot Water Heat Pumps - Split Systems or Separates?

Hi. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I'm building a house with in-floor hot water heating in the slab, heated by a hot water heat pump. - Plumbers have specified an Econergy for the general hot water ...
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25 Feb 17 12:13 AM - By Evelyn Min
25 Feb '17 12:13 AM
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Consent for Cob House

Hi Folks, I'm looking for information on small owner built cob houses in NZ and any advice on the resource consent processes involved. It seems most of the projects I come across are done without permits as the consent process is ...
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17 Feb 17 05:20 PM - By AnitazStables
17 Feb '17 05:20 PM
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Passive Houses in Canterbury

Hi there We're in the early stages of building new home that am keen to see built to the passive house ideals. I've done a fair amount of reading recently and it seems safe to say that NZ is not exactly ...
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11 Feb 17 09:52 AM - By David R
11 Feb '17 09:52 AM
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Roof design

If I constructed a flat-roofed building that was 3m wide using cool room panels such as Bondor's XFLAM panels, could the flat roof have no pitch if it had a butterfly roof above it like in this image or would ...
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03 Feb 17 11:20 PM - By CJ!
03 Feb '17 11:20 PM
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owner/builder exemption

Hi, I'm looking at building my own home in the nelson region and have been a bit confused about building law. I understand some of the various rules but the one about not employing anyone on the build has got me a ...
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23 Jan 17 06:58 PM - By Dani
23 Jan '17 06:58 PM
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Exposed electrical wiring

Are there rules preventing having the house electrical wiring (TPS) exposed, e.g. instead of inside walls - having it running inside built in fixtures or wardrobes etc? What I'm planning is solid panel walls (Triboard) and through careful planning I can ...
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22 Jan 17 12:01 PM - By CJ!
22 Jan '17 12:01 PM
By CJ!
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Solar panels and underfloor heating

Does anyone have any experience with running hydronic underfloor heating while using solar panels??? Average monthly power bills etc...
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21 Jan 17 08:20 PM - By Longtom
21 Jan '17 08:20 PM
By Longtom
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Adding insulation.to the walls of an Initial Home.

Hi, Could you please advise me what the R-value off the standard 44mm timber wall use in a Initial Home built in 1990. The wall has fiber cement cladding with out any other insulation. Could I use Insulmax http://insulmax.co.nz/ to add insulation. Regards Pete ...
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18 Jan 17 07:42 AM - By Usonia
18 Jan '17 07:42 AM
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Rising Damp

Hi Looking for some advice on how to treat rising damp in a 60s house with no DPC under the lower floor concrete. Most of the concrete and block walls have paint so would require major work to strip back for sealing. 3 ...
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17 Jan 17 03:14 PM - By kimber
17 Jan '17 03:14 PM
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Shipping container conversion avoiding council hassle

Hi all, I am wanting to lease some vacant land and build a relocatable tiny house out of shipping containers. I'm wondering if anyone has been able to accomplish this while legally avoiding the council? Would they come ...
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17 Jan 17 11:09 AM - By AlCan
17 Jan '17 11:09 AM
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SIP & CLT - importing vs using NZ products

Hi all. I've started planning our first build. I'm learning a lot through my dad, who is an architect who has been building passive houses back home. However, he can't help me much with this one: does anyone here have ...
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10 Jan 17 12:02 PM - By tobias kraus
10 Jan '17 12:02 PM
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How to build using shipping containers and avoiding building or planning consents?

Hello everyone, We live in Auckland and are keen to downsize and own a home mortgage-free. I want to buy 2 x 40ft shipping containers and get them welded together. I found a company called Addis that can do this for ...
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06 Jan 17 04:55 PM - By ncol
06 Jan '17 04:55 PM
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ECP51 Electrical Inspections

Hi, Somewhere I have seen a post from another owner-builder giving a couple of good references and contact details for Auckland electrical inspectors who will inspect owner installed wiring and issue a COC. But now can find that post ...
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05 Jan 17 10:50 PM - By AlCan
05 Jan '17 10:50 PM
By AlCan
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Onduline Roofing

Like to hear from anyone who has had problems with their onduline roofing ie fading etc, and have successfully recoated it. We are in the process of sealing and painting our roof which is only 5 years old. I think, with a ...
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03 Jan 17 10:54 AM - By JoPoland
03 Jan '17 10:54 AM
By JoPoland
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Full Shower Set and Vanity for URGENT sale NEW

Stein Project Shower FULL SET Brand new Includes: - Shower Door - Shower Tray - Return Panel - Acrylic Wall Liner http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/bathroom/showers/shower-boxes/auction-1231685278.htm Stein Imola Wall Hung Vanity 600 High Gloss - White Wall vanity set comes with Ceramic Basin top and Ceramic cabinet http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/bathroom/basins-vanities/vanities/auction-1231674907.htm ...
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29 Dec 16 07:22 PM - By The Stable Fitness Centre
29 Dec '16 07:22 PM
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